The 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit is nearly identical to the 5th-generation Golf sold in Europe. Its platform also underpins the GTI and Jetta as well as Audi's A3 and upcoming 2008 TT. Motivation comes from a 2.5-liter inline-five that produces 150 horsepower?a 30 percent bump in power over the outgoing 115-hp 2.0-liter?and a stout 170 pound-feet of torque. The North American exclusive powerplant is mated to ei-ther a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.More power is always good but this motor is a bit underwhelming. Redline is a sad 5500 rpm 1000 revs less than the inline-five found in the Chevrolet Colorado pickup. Just when the Rabbit's lump starts to sing you have to shift. That said there's plenty of torque available to lug in higher gears all day long; during our test drive we skated through Philadelphia traffic with ease and effortlessly merged onto the interstate. But it wasn't any fun.Engine aside the overall driving experience is quite good. The Rabbit absorbs jounces and potholes with ease yet still manages undulations and switchbacks with a level keel. The steering suffers from a small amount of on center numbness but otherwise is weighted well and offers good feedback to the driver. Braking is sufficient though the pedal feel isn't linear and feels soft. Most of these weaknesses only show up while approaching the car's limits. In normal driving the chassis remains very well balanced and pleasant to drive. In other words it's a typical Golf. Visit AMG Auto Sales online at amgautosales.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 919-779-3278 today to schedule your test drive.